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Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children 1 – 4
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Drowning is 27% more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 1-4.
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Drowning is the second  leading cause of accidental death for children 5-9.
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In 2016 there were 675 deaths from drowning of children 1-14 compared to 62 from poisoning, 237 from fires, 40 from being left in cars and there were 115 abductions.
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For every fatal drowning, another 5 non-fatal victims receive Emergency Room treatment.
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Drowning is quick.  A young child can sink out of sight in 20 to 60 seconds.
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Death can occur in a couple of minutes.  
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Drowning is silent.  Drowning victims are  physically unable to cry out for help  or wave their arms.
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Drowning often occurs at unexpected times and places.  Half of child drowning victims are within 25 yards of a parent or other adult.  Most child victims had been out of sight for less than 5 minutes. Approximately 75% were being supervised by one or both parents.
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Most child drowning deaths occur in swimming pools located at a private residence  (75%) but a significant number occur in public pools with certified lifeguards present.
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60% of drowning deaths occur at non-designated swim times.
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Most drowning deaths are the result of a lapse in supervision, not a lack of supervision.
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